GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN JAPAN
2016/2017, Semester 2
Arts & Social Sciences (Japanese Studies)
Modular Credits: 4
This course explores the ways that sexual and gender identities are constructed in modern Japan. We begin with the premise that the terms “male” and “female” are more usefully conceived of as social and political categories, rather than purely biological ones.
Sex refers to the biological apparatus, the male and the female – our chromosomal, chemical, anatomical organization. Gender refers to the meanings that are attached to those differences within a culture. Sex is male and female; gender is masculinity and femininity – what is means to be a man or woman (excerpt from Kimmel, Michael. 2000. The Gendered Society. NY: Oxford University Press, p. 3).
Using multidisciplinary perspectives that encompass political economy, sociology, cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, and cultural studies, the course will cover historical and contemporary issues surrounding gender and sexuality in Japan. In doing so, we will sharpen our critical thinking on issues dealing with gender and sexuality not only in Japan, but anywhere they are encountered.
This module is in lecture-tutorial format. Tutorials will be held WEEKLY beginning in week 3. Attendance at all lecture and tutorials is required. Lectures will not be webcast. In compliance with FASS guidelines, any student who misses 3 tutorial sessions will be reported to the dean's office.
See Lesson Plan
10% attendance and participation
40% group project
10% peer review of group projects
40% final exam (closed book)
1. Class participation:
Attendance at both lectures and tutorials is expected. The attendance grade includes not only presence in class, but also your active participation in class discussion and activities in tutorials. If you late for tutorials, you will receive half credit. If you come class unprepared, do not bring the assigned reading, or do not participate, you will receive a zero. Absences from either lectures or tutorials will be excused only with valid documentation.
2. Group Project:
Working in groups of 3-4, students will give a presentation analyzing a topic related to gender/sexuality in Japan. All presentations will be recorded using the screencasting software Ink2Go and uploaded to IVLE. Presentations must be approximately 5 minutes per student. You may either create one file for the entire group, or create and upload separate files. In addition, groups must upload their slides and a written outline of the presentation.
3. Peer Review:
In order to practice collaborative learning, each group will view the presentation of another group and submit a written report responding to that presentation. The purpose of this assignment is to see what others have produced, share constructive feedback, and reflect on your own group work. Specific questions to answer in the report will be assigned later.
4. Final Exam:
The exam will consist of 2-3 essay questions asking you to reflect on and synthesize ideas in assigned readings and course lectures. The purpose of the exam is to demonstrate that you have attended lectures, read/watched all assigned material, and understood key ideas. The exam is closed book.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week